Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha, part of the Luxury portfolio of Marriott International, has appointed chef Pino Lavarra, one of Italy’s most acclaimed Michelin-starred chefs and a noted cookery book author, to oversee operations of its eight innovative culinary experiences.
Chef Lavarra, who is recognised as a globally reputed ambassador of Italian cuisine, will specifically focus on the launch of Al Messila’s signature international dining experience, Deli Kitchen, and the debut of his provenance-based gourmet retail service.
Lavarra joins the opulent resort, which marks the flagship entry of The Luxury Collection to Qatar, direct from The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong where he was director of the multi-award-winning Tosca restaurant, steering it into the Michelin star realm.
He brings his extensive expertise to the hotel’s innovative culinary portfolio named D.N.A – Dining Network at Al Messila, which includes Snoull, a Nordic culinary concept inspired by friluftsliv, the Scandinavian approach to healthy, outdoor living; Veritas, a North Italian dining experience; the North African restaurant Caravanserai and the contemporary Greek estiatorio, Siga-Siga, according to a press statement.
His hands-on focus will be evident in the casual Deli Kitchen designed to be the preferred destination for discerning guests who want to dine and treasure countless moments of discovery and exploration under the same roof, the statement notes.
Deli Kitchen will be Qatar’s home of the bespoke flatbread where, from the specially imported minimal ID oven, Lavarra will present the best oven-baked flatbreads from around the world combined with innovative toppings for a casual gourmet sharing experience.
Lavarra’s artisanal culinary creations will be available in a retail service where products will be packaged with individual coding to validate the ingredients and nutritional values. Deli Kitchen marks his first foray into the Middle East.
“I am excited by the challenge of winning over clientele to my philosophy of Excellence in Taste and the culinary art of taking simple ingredients into the realm of the extraordinary,” said chef Lavarra, who was named ‘One of the Best Chefs in the World’ by the American Academy of Hospitality. “Our coded numbering of retail products will be a guarantee of ingredient quality for customers and give them an over-riding sense of trust in the nutritional value of a range which we aim to become their preferred gourmet purchases.”
Deli Kitchen will also sell the finest imported Italian produce selected by Lavarra.
He will also be in charge of ‘Chef in a Villa’ service, which will provide Michelin-star standard catering for the resort’s exclusive villas. Lavarra will personally create tailor-made menus and oversee the service for exceptional social events. “Chef Lavarra’s appointment sets the tone of our culinary ambitions,” said Patrizia Hofer, Al Messila’s general manager. “With his appointment, Al Messila guests can look forward to experiencing an unparalleled culinary journey.